Divine Love in Islamic Mysticism: The Teachings of by Binyamin Abrahamov

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By Binyamin Abrahamov

The 2 theories of divine love which are tested during this booklet have their foundations in Greek, Jewish, Christian and Muslim principles. Al-Ghazâlî (twelfth century) used to be encouraged typically by means of Plato and Ibn Sina's teachings, whereas al-Dabbâgh (thirteenth century), who accredited a few Ghazâlîan notions, built a concept of divine love that may be traced again to Neoplatonism. either students created whole theories of divine love that come with definitions of affection, its factors and symptoms, the how you can love God, God's love for guy, and types of affection. The ebook will curiosity scholars of theology, philosophy and mysticism ordinarily, and scholars of Islam specifically.

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Is there one person who has invented any language at all? No one. It is a natural outcome of several people talking together which made a systemized6 language of it. It has become richer and has been vocalized for a long time and so is this also. Not the outer knowledge, but even the inner knowledge is also a collection of experiences of ages; it is in the Divine Mind. And how does one draw it? The answer is: In the same way as a branch of a tree draws the sustenance from the roots. If you picture our souls as branches of that tree, there is one root, the Divine Mind.

Must” in place of “might” 50. : “among these” added 51. : “of developing” instead of “to develop” 52. : “preparing” instead of “prepare” 53. : “, but” instead of semi-colon 54. : “, for it belongs to” instead of “; it is the way of ” 55. : “that” eliminated and quotation marks put around “This is the way” 56. : “which” added 57. : “chosen” instead of “shown to man” 58. : “others are getting there” instead of “have journeyed” 59. : “to be” omitted 60. : “dwells” instead of “talks” 61. : “that a person who is an ascetic must be” instead of “who is an ascetic,” 62.

It is given” in place of “we give it” 52. : “the” added before “modern” 53. : “those” inserted before “who” 54. : “too” crossed out, and brackets and numbers added to indicate this should read “sufficiently keep it”, but then “too” restored, apparently indicating to leave it as written originally 11 we keep55 it, the more it is necessary to keep it humbly56. Nor do we argue57 our ideas upon others. Our service is a most delicate one and therefore we have a great responsibility, and we must not force our ideas upon any earnest seeker after truth.

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